Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday urged Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to introduce two independent trains between Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar-Junagarh-Bhubaneswar.
In a letter to the Railway Minister, Pradhan sought the latter’s personal intervention into the long-standing demands of the people of Bhawanipatna and Junagarh area in Kalahandi district of Odisha.
“At present, the trains start from Bhubaneswar as one amalgamated train with 10 coaches bound for Junagarh and 12 coaches destined for Jagdalpur with a split up at Rayagada. On the return journey, also the two separate trains are amalgamated at Rayagada and run towards Bhubaneswar as one train,” Pradhan pointed out in his letter.
He said the present system creates many difficulties for the passengers, especially from Kalahandi. Sometimes passengers are not able to board the proper coaches due to the complications involved.
The Union Minister asserted that if this proposal is accepted the train will run in full capacity due to a huge demand of connecting between Bhubaneswar and Kalahandi. “Moreover, coaches will be more and more accommodation in a reserved compartment will be available,” he said.
“I ardently request your persona] intervention in the matter,” Pradhan added.